Lounge Review: PAL’s new Mabuhay Lounge at Naia Terminal 2

 When I went to the airport last August for my flight to Hong Kong I was shocked to find Philippine Airlines’ newly renovated lounge. I must say I’m very impressed. 


PAL's new Mabuhay Lounge at Naia Terminal 2

Before the renovation the lounge was just one long room dominated with round glass tables. Now there are several seating areas with different furniture. 

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For those who don’t want a full meal they can sit in this large room with a big screen TV. 

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I think they should have gone with a bigger TV. 

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The food is now displayed in pretty platters and arranged nicely on a curved table. 

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I was excited to see two different kinds of cookies. Before they only had store bought cookies transferred in a jar. I do miss their chewy dried mango cookies. I wonder who was the supplier for that because I want to buy some. 

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I’m happy they kept the arroz caldo. I think there would be a revolution among the passengers if this disappears from the lounge. 

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garnish for arroz cal do (salted egg, spring onions, crunchy garlic, fried anchovies)

 

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arroz caldo

 

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Look at the plastic tube stuck straight into a small tetra pack of milk for cappuccinos or lattes. 

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Jura espresso machine

 

A welcome addition are the small paninis with vegetarian options. 

PAL's new Mabuhay Lounge at Naia Terminal 2 - paninis
coffee bun, chicken pesto ciabatta, corned beef pandesal, caramelized onions & cheese, spam egg & cheese sandwich

 

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dessert cups

 

What do you think of the new lounge? 

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This area wasn’t open to the public at the time. 

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I wasn’t hungry but I tried both cookies. Sadly they were hard, over baked and too sweet. Bring back the dried mango cookies please!!

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The arroz caldo is still the best!!! 

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Arroz Caldo

 

I didn’t eat arroz caldo in the lounge because the food in the plane is usually good.

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For breakfast the menu usually includes bangus which I’ve had numerous times. This time I was presented with all new breakfast choices. 

Philippine Airlines business class breakfast - beef adobo flakes
beef adobo flakes with Pinoy spiced vinegar & kalo-kalo fried rice

 

I hit the jackpot with the crunchy and flavorful beef adobo flakes. It was cooked just right and it wasn’t dry or tough.

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Before PAL served Cebu Best dried mango chocolate, then it became Royce chocolates. This time it’s Neuhaus dark and milk chocolate squares. Thank you PAL you made me happy. 

Philippine Airlines business class breakfast - Neuhas chocolates

 

Looking at the pictures of the other choices I think I got the best breakfast. 

Philippine Airlines business class breakfast - mushroom & Gruyere omelette
mushroom & Gruyere omelette with grilled ham & hash brown potatoes
Philippine Airlines business class breakfast - barbecued duck
barbecued duck with egg julienne and java rice

 

PAL congratulations on all the improvements so far. You’re on the right track on putting Asia’s first airline back in the limelight. 

 

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